Videos will be more accessible in any language thanks to TikTok’s new captioning tools

Translation and closed-captioning are two new capabilities that TikTok has added on its platform to help users overcome linguistic obstacles.

You’ll soon be able to turn on closed captions when watching a video in a foreign language on the video music platform. In addition to English, Portuguese, German, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Spanish, and Turkish, these auto-generated captions are accessible in nine languages. In the future, the service intends to offer other languages.

When TikTok added closed captions to the app last year, a critical flaw was discovered. Until recently, closed-captioning was only possible if the video’s producer allowed it before uploading it to YouTube.

Anyone may now watch videos in any language, even if the video’s producer has disabled closed-captioning. On Android and iOS devices, this is quite similar to how Twitter handles automated captioning for posts.

People from over the world “learn, entertain and express themselves on TikTok every day,” the company wrote in a blog post (opens in new tab). As our worldwide community continues to develop, we will continue to invest in fostering an open and accessible environment so that our members may freely express themselves and interact with others.”

These captions are also available in any of the supported languages. For video explanations and text stickers, the same holds true.

The business says that “through these initiatives, worldwide information will be more accessible regardless of the language(s) you speak and where you are in the globe.”

Currently, TikTok is implementing these additional subtitle and translation options. Only few videos on the app are likely to have this feature. These alternatives are currently only accessible on a limited number of videos, according to the service’s statement.